54 Tasting Notes

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
54 tasting notes

I was not a huge fan of this one. I found it trying to accompany too many flavors. The cinnamon and clove are noticeable but other flavors like the vanilla really just fall flat. It has cool sugary pearls in it though, which earns it aesthetic points. I think if you want a smooth dessert tea, this really isn’t the way to go.

Preparation
Iced

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92

This tea was surprisingly refreshing. It doesn’t look like much when you pour the leaves into your hand but boy is it aromatic when you add the water. The mint is definitely in the forefront with the watermelon providing a sweet finish to the drink. It brews a very very pale green and is wonderful iced. I didn’t think I would like it but that’s what I get for judging a book by its cover.

Preparation
Iced

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This tea was a surprising experience. It was an honest to goodness explosion of flavor that provided an adventure for your taste buds. The oolong leaves gave a rich flavor that was full-bodied with a light astringency. It was sweet, it was sultry, it was an oolong that is hard to find elsewhere.

Preparation
Iced

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90

I was concerned that this tea would be a bit strong for my tastes but I was very wrong. This herbal blend is sweet, tangy, and spicy all at the same time. It keeps you on your toes and is extremely refreshing. It’s a wonderful pick for an iced tea. The rooibos remains mellow in the background, allowing the various spices and additional flavors to shine through. I brewed mine a bit strong and thought it really helped bring out the full-bodied flavor in this tea. It’s well balanced and smooth, reminding you why Simple Loose Leaf is a tea vendor you can trust.

Preparation
Iced

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65
drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
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I didn’t find this sencha to be that memorable really. I didn’t get the hint of sweet potatoes it mentioned and I felt that the sencha was actually quite mild. When I open up a satchet of Sencha, I want to be engulfed in the vegetal scent of rich, grass-green sencha. I didn’t get that with this Lupicia tea. I got a weak flavored tea that wasn’t as full-bodied as I would have liked.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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95

This tea was excellent, it surpassed my expectations and was a joy to experience. The leaves are a dark green color, rolled into small clumps that pack a powerful aroma and flavor. The aroma is light and refreshing with hints of sweet fruits and floral undertones. It brews a beautiful light green/yellow and tastes heavenly. It starts with a sweet flavor again accompanied by floral undertones. It has a light astringency, bringing attention to the full-bodied character of the oolong. Overall this tea was wonderful and it comes HIGHLY recommended.

Preparation
Iced

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93

Upon first impression, I noticed it smelled A LOT like strawberry Fruit By The Foot. The leaves are dark brown, consistent with a traditional puerh tea. There are bits of strawberry in it and it is intensely aromatic. The flavor is very similar to the taste, balancing the strawberry flavor with with the rich flavor of the puerh base. It’s my first time with a flavored puerh and I must say I quite enjoyed it!

Preparation
Iced

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60
drank Happiness by Lupicia
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Contrary to the name, Happiness did not bring me immense joy. I found the flavor to be a bit wonky, an odd blending of sweet and sour along with a yeasty aftertaste. I felt like there was so much going on and this blend would have been much better served had Lupicia adopted the mantra of “less is more”. Wouldn’t recommend it, Lupicia has much better teas for your time and money.

Preparation
Iced

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95
drank Piccolo by Lupicia
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Well, I just posted a review about my dislike of rooibos and naturally this one comes to my attention. Piccolo was great, it is a very sweet tea that reminds me a lot of their strawberry/vanilla flavored teas. The rooibos blends well with the flavoring, delivering a smooth taste that isn’t too heavy. It’s a great summer tea that’s delicious iced.

Preparation
Iced

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60
drank Pommier by Lupicia
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Pommier was an interesting tea. I feel very similar about it as I did Lupicia’s muscat. Ponies is a very red tea, courtesy of the vibrant rooibos base and apple additives. It brews a reddish brown and smells a lot like apples. I won’t go so far as to say it was a bad tea, but rather it didn’t suit my personal tastes. I struggle with rooibos teas and this was no game-changer for me.

Preparation
Iced

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